Student confrontation turns into lockdown at YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — A lockdown at the Youngstown State University Monday morning was reportedly the result of a physical confrontation between a 19-year-old man and a student, according to reports from WFMJ Channel 21.

The man, identified as Robert Allen, reportedly turned himself in to police later that day.

The lockdown was called when the student reported that Allen had brandished a gun during the confrontation.

Meanwhile, according to reports from the Journal’s news partner, WKBN First News, while the lockdown was in place the matter escalated after a Kennedy High School student in Warren allegedly altered an article on the YSU’s newspaper, the Jambar, with a false report.

WKBN reported that the JFK student changed the article to say that a JFK senior had been killed, and went on to circulate a screenshot of the article to social media.

JFK school president Joseph Kenneally said in a statement that the school plans to punish the student involved in the creation of the hoax according to the Diocese of Youngstown and school policy.

“The school takes these matters very seriously …” Kenneally said in the statement.

No one was hurt in the incident and the lockdown was lifted after Allen turned himself in to police, the report said.

YSU president Jim Tressel told WFMJ during a news briefing that the university was fortunate to have Youngstown police on the spot and help from other jurisdictions, including the FBI, which contacted the school to see if there was anything it could do.